Deep Sky Section


Hi all Deep Sky Section members,

I was up on site Sunday night and finally got the chance to look through the Coma/Virgo galaxies with the 25”. We will have another go this Saturday. There are so many galaxies in this region, it would take years to look at them all! It was a very clear, freezing cold night and the dew started to become a problem very early in the night so, be prepared to have decent dew control on your telescope if you’re bringing it up. 

I’m really crossing my fingers and toes for Saturday night as the weather forecast doesn’t show a great night. You never know, we’ve had forecasts like this before and had a fantastic night! 

We’ve also got a guest from America joining us for the night and if we do have a little bit of cloud he could tell us about his society in Texas that he belongs to! 

Remember to bring plenty of warm clothes and a hot water bottle or 2 to put in your bed! I’ll see you on site! 


Next Meeting:    Next meeting will be on June 16 and then July 14 and August 11.

Location:             LMDSS site, Heathcote                 

What to bring:     Telescope and equipment (not essential, if you don't own one), camping chair and equipment, sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site) and a red torch (no white light) and lastly, warm clothing.                           

Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.

Contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner ( or call 0439 374 159) for more information.

 In a galaxy far, far away……

Are interested in observing galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few. Then join the Deep Sky Section at our monthly meetings at LMDSS.

If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 25-inch Obsession will be in operation.  We aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience.  For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits.


Some of our DSS members